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29 Mar 2006

Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Monnaie, Théâtre National, Brussels

paisello.jpgShirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 29 March 2006]

Thirty-four years before Rossini wrote his Barber of Seville, Paisiello penned a sanitised version of Beaumarchais’ play for the court of St Petersburg. Charming, direct and uncontroversial, his opera was so popular that Rossini initially chose a different title (Almaviva, ossia l’inutile precauzione), fearing to be overshadowed.

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